The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 8, 2002


Feelings were strong about the proposed FY03 school budget at the March 5 school committee meeting -- strong enough to elevate the temperature in the packed Spalding Conference Room to an uncomfortable level. The discomfort with the Carlisle Finance Committee's guideline of a 5-6% increase over the FY02 budget was also evident in the passion and determination with which superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, the school administration and the school committee (CSC) tried to salvage programs that may have to be cut. The CSC has proposed a 10.77% increase to provide level services. Approximately twenty citizens in the audience, which included past selectman Michael Fitzgerald and past school committee member Tim Morse, shared the school's concern. ...more

At the selectmen's meeting on February 26, Mary Cheever and Brooke Cragan of the board of trustees for the Gleason Library challenged the recently implemented policy under which all town employees will be reviewed. Of particular concern was the review form used to evaluate all town employees from librarians to firefighters. Also at issue was whether one department should be allowed to opt out of a policy devised to provide consistency across the range of town jobs. ...more

The annual town caucus, at which candidates are nominated to run for vacancies on elected town boards and committees, will be held on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. This year ten offices will need to be filled, including two positions on the board of selectmen and two on the Carlisle school committee. In many cases the incumbents have still not indicated whether they will seek re-election. Town elections this year are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14. ...more

An ambitious proposal from Joseph Campagna, who was seeking approval for creation of a new trail together with a compost storage area at Foss Farm, received a negative response from the conservation commission and abutters on February 28. ...more

The conservation commission topped off a four-hour agenda February 28 by taking a look at preliminary plans for an agricultural restoration project,and later, at recommendations for tune-up operations on four mature conservation parcels. There was intense interest in a proposal from relative newcomer Peter George, who last year purchased historic Bartlett Farm at the corner of Bellows Hill and Estabrook Roads. ...more

The first item on the conservation commission's February 28 agenda was billed as "a conceptual discussion" of cooperative management of the town's Greenough Conservation Land, and conceptual was what it was. The conversation raised intriguing possibilities, but it was often difficult to discern exactly what either party was looking for, and above all, what they might be willing to do to get there. ...more

· Carriage Way sale yet to close. A title issue has prevented closing on the sale of a town-owned lot in the Carriage Way development. The purchase and sale agreement has been extended. ...more

When does a restriction on direct access to school personnel dangerously impede communication and when is it needed to improve work flow? The joint Concord Public School and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees (RSC) grappled with this question last Tuesday evening, debating the need to amend existing policy outlining communications between committee members and school staff and administration. The issue was a response to complaints of excessive demands made on the school administrative staff by Concord RSC member Lauren Walters. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes ...more

Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes ...more

Concord-Carlisle's 7th grade Travel Basketball girls posted a 19-2 North Shore Conference record in 2001-02. In its second season, the girls have blistered league opponents while amassing an incredible 38-3 record. Following last year's conference championship, the girls won again this year with team offense and defense. Opponents were left flat-footed by CC's balanced scoring, while tough defense led to steals, offensive boards and fast break lay-ups. Eight returning veterans were joined this season by newcomers Michele Bilodeau, Hanna Richardson, Sarah Robinson, Lacey Herchek and Heather Cabot. These new players meshed well with the continued dominating inside defensive/offensive play of last year's MVP, Sydney LeVan. Michele Bilodeau and Hanna Richardson provided important and significant reserve minutes at center. Consistent rebounding, clutch jump shots and inside scoring was provided by power forward Nikki Recco. Forwards Rebecca Jenkinson and Emily Mandler excelled in taking their defenders off the dribble and to the hoop while forward Sarah Robinson's speed and agility on defense stifled key opponents. Veteran guards Lisa Debruzzi and Kim Miner combined for many take-aways resulting in fast break lay-ups for CC. The outside shooting, picks and passing of Stephanie Jackson and ball handling/shooting/passing of Lacey Herchek and Heather Cabot made this team a winner this season. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito